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questions. president obama is cleaning house at the irs, acting commissioner steven miller is out and more heads could roll in the scandal over the irs targeting of conservative political groups. >> it's inexcusable. americans are right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate the behavior. >> miller is one of three officials asking whether they were giving scrutiny to tea party groups or denied it. some lawmakers are asking whether the white house encouraged the targeting of conservative groups during the election cycle. >> where did that come from? did this come from a directive? we need the answers now. >> reporter: miller is scheduled to testify on friday before the house ways and means committee. it will be the first of a series of hearings into irs conduct. the misconduct started in 2010 at an irs office in cincinnati, where specialists determined whether organizations qualify for tax exempt status. that's where they began screening application, using the search words tea party, 9/12 and pattiot. three committees are investigating the matter. attorney general
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, the acting commissioner of the irs returned to his home in suburban washington. steven miller 25-year agency veteran had no comment for cameras, but in an international e-mail to irs employees, he wrote, i believe the service will benefit from having a new acting commissioner in place during this challenging period." >> good afternoon, everybody. >> reporter: president obama agreed, and called it the first of several steps needed to restore the public's trust in the irs. a treasury department investigation found the agency had used inappropriate criteria to single out conservative groups with names like tea party, 9-12. >> i hadwill not tolerate this from any agency. >> reporter: two employees in cincinnati have been disciplined. john boehner called their actions criminal. >> my question, who is going to jail over this scandal? >> reporter: four separate congressional committees have scheduled hearings on the scandal. miller told us he would testify. >> we'll talk on friday guys. >> reporter: but that was before the fbi ordered a criminal probe and before miller was let
, steven miller was forced to resign yesterday. he is said to testify before congress tomorrow. >> the ike rs admits agents gave tea part groups more a depressive aggressive skrut nethan others. >>> a at least six people died. >> those who got r survived got a good look. >> north of fort worth, granbury, got the worst of the tornados. >> the windows and the cars are gone, the cars are messed up. >> we were all hugging in the bathtub. >> many of the homes were facility by habitat humanity. >> the tornado was an ef 4. >>> monthly unemployment figures have been declining overall. >>> wall street's rally dropped 42 points, nasdaq lost six. >>> apple's getting a new home in union square. at 1 stockton street to 300 post street on the northeast corner of union square. >>> the new store will be about 45% larger. >> the levi location is moving. >> it looks like the pickings are good, the fruit tree farm was a popular spot this year. >> if you picked them yourself, blackberries are ripening them. >> they expect to be busy this weekend. >>> they city of herculey, woulden crease the city's tax to rai
. the acting commissioner of the irs steven miller is being fired in slow-motion but one of his last tasks will be taking major heat from capitol hill. yesterday president obama spoke about the irs situation where he found a cover with a marine with an umbrella. the political fallout is going to continue to rain down as the president offered a very carefully worded explanation when asked when the white house learned about the scandal. >> i can assure you that i certainly did not know anything about the ig report before the ig report had been leaked through press -- through the press. >> stooe enmill -- steven millee acting head of the irs will be on capitol hill as the agency's targeting of conservative groups. on wednesday the president announced the administration demanded miller's resignation. now, though, we have learned he will remain on the job until at least next week. fox is also confirmed a report that sara paul ingram, the woman who headed the irs department in question the woman accused of single out groups has announced major expansion into the obama care foreignsment. the same
, lawmakers are sure to express their outrage with steven miller, the former tax commissioner forced to resign, now on capitol hill today. in just a couple hours he's going to be testifying about what happened and how. senior white house budget official daniel wuerffel is taking over as the irs chief. he was appointed by president obama. >> it is just simply unacceptable for there to even be a hint of partisanship for ideology when it comes to the application of our tax laws. >> reporter: the former agency boss forced to resign testifies before a house committee today. meanwhile, a manager for the irs branch accused of improperly targeting conservative political groups now says he's retiring. >> nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and their government like the arrogance of power here in washington. that's what the american people are seeing today from the obama administration. remarkable arrogance. >> reporter: president obama is trying to quiet lawmaker attacks in response to a number of controversies and avoid what some call the curse of the second term. >> when you're under siege
committee came down hard on steven miller saying his agency failed the american people and that managers failed to come clean to congress. >> this is wrong to abuse the tax system. this screams out for tax reform, does it not? >> i think it's an area ripe for redefinition and reform, yes, sir. >> reporter: the treasury inspector-general also testified. he confirmed his findings that the irs singled out conservative groups for unfair treatment. >> the irs views inappropriate criteria to target for review tea party and other organizations based on their name and policy positions. >> reporter: president obama said he did not know about the irs scandal until it came out in the headlines last week. but republican leaders are keeping the white house on the defensive. >> this appears to be just the latest example of a culture of coverups and political intimidation in this administration. >> reporter: the president has promised to continue the crackdown at the irs. he appointed 42-year-old daniel werfel as the new acting commissioner. and along with congress, he is demanding a clean break from p
checker faced tough questions this morning on capitol hill. >>> ousted irs commissioner steven miller testified before the houseways and means committee. he admitted the irs's behavior were wrong but insisted they were not motivated by politics. >> you can assure us there was absolutely no sharing of this information -- >> -- and others will look at that but i would be shocked congressman if that happened, shocked. >> it was called after they acknowledged they targeted the tea party and other groups who asked for tax-exempt status. >>> statewide unemployment rates released today show the jobless rate here has taken a significant drop. according to the state employment development department the unemployment rate fell to 9% in april. that is down from 9.4% the month before. it is also the lowest it has been since november 2008. the e d d says california added more than 273,000 jobs since the same period one year agonchts after days of responding to the irs scandal the president this morning turned the spotlight to the economy during a visit to baltimore. the president toured a company
and provided few answers. the house committee made steven miller testify under oath. >> nothing but the truth so help you god. >> i do. >> reporter: claiming he and his agency misled congress in not revealing for the last year that tea party and other conservative groups applying for tax exempt status had been targeted for extra scrutiny. >> why did you mislead congress and the american people on this? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress nor the american people. i answered the questions as they were asked. >> who is responsible for targeting these groups? >> i'm going to take exception to the concept of targeting. it's a loaded term. >> reporter: miller said groups with tea party or patriot names were improperly singled out as a bureaucratic shortcut not out of partisanship. >> we provided horrible customer service here. i will admit that. we did. horrible -- but politically motivated is a different question. >> reporter: republicans didn't buy it. >> if the targeting wasn't targeting. if the targeting wasn't based on philosophy, how come only conservatives got snagged? >> they didn't
stock exchange. >>> now to washington where things got heated quickly. acting irs director steven miller grilled in the first of a series of hearings on the targeting of conservative interest groups. accusations, denials, and few answers to who knew what and when. eamon javers following the hearing from washington. >> good evening. there were a few answers. miller testified for just about four hours all told, republicans, very eager to get answers to their questions, producing a number of very uncomfortable moments for miller. take a look. >> so that was a lot of questions, sir. >>ith one. how can we conclude you did not mislead this committee? >> i did not mislead the committee. >> you are a law enforcement agency for crying out loud. i was a cop for 33 years. you raised your right hand today. did this committee had the right to know what you knew? yes or no? >> i answered all questions truthfully, i also will tell you that it was -- >> let me ask you -- i'm going to go to mr. george because you're not going to cooperate with me, mr. miller, and you have been uncooperative during the he
's certainly a speed bump. to your point, steven miller could tell you it was poor planning, it was nonpartisan, and by the way, we were trying to be more efficient making it a heroic action. he couldn't remember anything else. >> why isn't anybody scared to death about the fact that this scandal is in the irs? we're increasingly at the mercy of this police force. it has greater and greater power. >> the system works, dagen. >> we've got a whole i new set f tax brackets. >> this isn't about the tax code. >> by the way. >> it's going to have to police the health program. >> do you really think those tax-exempt groups that they targeted, i know they're right wing, do you think they should be tax-exempt? the problem is they're focusing on one type. those groups are political action committees. >> hold on one second. >> wait a minute. >> that's not the argument here. >> i agree. i know all that. >> let's be honest before we start casting aspersions. they went after groups that chanticleeshould not be tax-exe. >> said who? >> why shouldn't they be tax-exempt? >> they were looking to find out who was
the president's agenda. but a speed bump, to your point, steven miller would tell you, poor planning. it was non-part son and we will try to be more efficient. >> why is everybody scared to death about the fact that this scandal with the irs. we are at the mercy of this police force. it has greater and greater power. we got a whole new tax bracket. it's got to police the health program. >> do you think the tax exempt groups, i know they are right wing but you think they should be tax exempt. they are focusing on one type. those groups are political action committees. >> hold on a second. >> either the argument is -- a group. >> i agree. [ talking over each other ] >> let's be honest before we cast aspersions on irs can't enforce the tax code. they went after groups that should not be tax exempt. [ talking over each other ] >> it's a nonprofit groups. shouldn't they be tax exempt? >> neil: that worthy of another show. in the meantime, you have been targeting groups was nuts. what happens when the taxman starts enforcing the new heavily law. that is what michele bachmann wants to know. first they
irs acting commissioner steven miller apologized for not revealing for a year that tea party and other conservative groups applying for tax exempt status had been targeted for extra scrutiny. >> we provided horrible customer service here. i will admit that. >> reporter: the tactic was a foolish mistake, miller said, but not a case of politics. republicans didn't buy it. >> if the targeting wasn't targeting, if the targeting wasn't based on philosophy, how come only conservatives got snagged? >> they didn't, sir. >> reporter: two other scandals royal roiled the administration, mounting criticism in the aftermath of the benghazi attack and this revelation that the justice department seized phone records from the associated press. some political analysts say the issues threaten to derail the president's second term agenda. but on the streets, it was the irs issue that had everyone talking. >> it's a pretty awful thing for them to have done. really corrupts our legal system. and the political system. >> reporter: now we're also learning that republican representatives darrell issa who crit
that from the acting commissioner before he was fired this week, steven miller. that is not true. >> right, the people of ohio must be delighted to know that cincinnati is some political back water all of a sudden. by the way, this is a situation where they had specifically centralized all of the looking at tax exempt groups into cincinnati. oh, guess what we weren't paying any attention over there. that whole line is absurd, quite aside from whatever coordination there was as this information was run up to the chain to washington. >> paul: we also know there were letters sent from democrats in capitol hill including max balk us, chuck schumer a very powerful democrat essentially challenging the irs to go after these tax exempt groups. there a sense, while we don't know to what extent the irs, at least we don't know how they were responding to those requests. the it could have been a motive for the irs? >> for sure. no question about it. guess what, they have newspapers and tvs in cincinnati and the request coming from coming, the suggestion that these groups were dark money groups that re
someone behind bars? >> that was president doing damage control. steven miller was planning to leave anyway on june 1st. this is very convenient scapegoat for the president. what the president wants to do is make a bad story go away. it's not going to happen. we're going to hold hearings in congress and in the ways and means committee. we're going to follow the facts. where the facts take us that is where we're going to go. big question, what did the white house know, how is the white house connected, who made this order -- it isn't just the irs, it's all federal agencies freakishly managed to make decisions to help the president's reelection effort. that is what this is about. we need to get some answers but more importantly the american people need to have the confidence restored. we can't have the irs, we can't have them enforce obamacare. >> eric: president said he found out about the irs issue when he saw it on the news. if you believe it, who the heck is running the place? >> that the question. that is why, the best thing the president could do is say i'm directing everyone in
as the white house tries to get ahead of news that seems to grow more troubling each day. steven miller is the first to go. the acting commissioner of the irs apparently was scheduled to leave that postanyway. the president used his ouster to show the white house is responsive. >> given the controversy surrounding this audit it is important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward. >> the president would not take any questions part of an effort to manage the controversy. he is expected to take two questions from reporters later today but that's about it as the white house battles multiple scandals some over shadowed now by this irs issue and republican attacks over the targeting of conservative groups. >> my question isn't about who is going to resign, my question is who is going to jail over the scandal? >> that is still a possibility as they investigate possible criminal violations. a treasury department investigation can only go so far. oo having the treasury department investigate the irs will not produce a serious result. in large measure the treas
just as the government entities commissioner will be retiring june 30 follows steven miller who also is speeding up his retirement from the irs but not before talking to congress tomorrow. we are all over it on fbn. >>> this is a fox news alert. we just learned that a second top official at the irs is going to leave amid the growing scandal. internal agency memo says joseph grant, commissioner of the tax exempt and government entities division will retire on june 3rd, and the point is he will retire on june 3rd. bob beckle, dana freen know, it's 5:00 in new york city. this is "the five." >>> benghazi, the irs, the ap phone scandals. president obama is knee deep in three scandals that threaten his credibility. from the man who promised transparency, we sure don't seem to be getting very much. >> can you assure the american people that nobody in the white house knew about the agency's actions before your counsel's office found out on april 22nd? >> i can assure you that i certainly did not know anything about the ig report before the ig report had been leaked through press -- thro
will the outcoming head of the irs have a different story? steven miller is set to testify about his knowledge of the irs scandal. and the president tapping dan werfel as acting internal revenue service director. tea party groups are fired up and now demanding a full audit of the irs and the scandal might drag on but the benghazi issue has been fully vetted. why michelle bachmann isn't remotely buying it or any of this. she is up in a moment. first, james rossen in washington with the latest. >> good afternoon. president obama today promised to deal with any structural or management issues that may have contributed to the irs's targeting of conservative-leaning groups. in a news conference with turkey's prime minister today, the president said he didn't know about the targeting until he was presented with the recent inspector general's report at the treasurery attend which found groups being subjected to, quote, inappropriate criteria when they sought tax. and status. the president waved off the idea of appointing a congressional investigation. >> between those investigations, i think we're go
the acting xhikter steven miller, you want to call that a hot seat? you go ahead. the question was, did he mislead congress and ho far up the chain does if go and is it a scandal? a live report from the hill coming next. .often you see lawmakers on capitol hill holding a bipartisan hearing, actually organizing it between them. at least not in recent years, anyway. i will tell you this, both parties have come together in calling the first house hearing on this irs scandal. this morning, the republicans and the democrats, both with their very sharp knives wielding them, venting their outrage over the irs and the allegation that that organization targeted the tea party an other conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. also, the kind of status that allows you not to disclose your donors. it might be more important in this story. in the hot seat, stephen miller, the acting irs commissioner who was forced to resign yesterday was forced to answer a lot of questions. right off the bat, he rejected accusations that he has misled anybody about this whole story. >> mr. chairman, i did not misle
, steven miller, found himself in the hot seat after the agency was found to be cargoing conservative groups. miller blowing it off as foolishing mistakes but wasn't providing many answers. >> how can we not conclude you misled this committee? >> was a lot of questions. >> it's one. how can we conclude you did not mislead this committee. >> i did not mislead the committee. >> are you aware of the analogy of any listening twices in the oval office of the president? >> i was aware of listening devices, yes, sir. >> you're the commissioner, who was responsible? >> i don't have that name, sir. >> why don't you have the name? >> i was originally -- >> have you asked anybody? >> did you say these things as an advocate, that should continue or as an example why it should not continue? >> as why it should not continue. >> did you make that clear to president? >> absolutely. >> why did you say you have notes if you don't think you have notes? >> sir, please. >> please. >> i don't. >> do you've hey notes or don't? >> i don't know. >> neil: larry over whether what is going on resembles anything
gate week continued. it continued with a vengeance in washington today. steven miller was called up to capitol hill. he was to talk about groups for heightened scrutiny. the president asked miller to resign earlier this week but that could not spare miller from being served to house republicans like a pig for slaughter. a classic bit of washington hearing important, substance, not so much. grand standing? you bet. >> why did you resign? >> how can we conclude you did not mislead this community. >> i will help give you clarity. >> still doesn't know why he was question number 26. >> completely failed the american people. >> why are you resigning. >> as eric eriksson tweeted, allowing crappy congressman to look like conservative badass es. let me be clear, we are just getting started. heritage action for american, wing of the think tank the heritage foundation, wrote that banter instructed house republicans to forget about legislating and go all scandal all the time. quote, it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the obama administration to the ideological diff
are telling me that no one know hass is going on here. >> mike: steven miller salt there with a straight face and said the reason this happened is they were just trying to be so efficient. >> hilarious. let's not forget, steven miller was fired. he is is gone. now, i underand it obama did not -- obama did not take him out to the middle of times square and flog him like people a fair point when you apply for tax exempt status does that make you immediately above the law? can we not ask a question as to whether or not your application is, correct? i think that is what they were trying to do. did they do it correctly? no. were they perhapses a bit overzealous? sure. >> about you do we as taxpayers get to have the convenient excuse sorry i didn't know. no, you end up in jail and they take your business and your bank accounts. we don't get that excuse you. why should they? >> i don't think it should be in the purview of the irs. if congress, if the do nothing congress had acted and given us better guidelines as to what constitutes a charitable organization or not we wouldn't be in this. >> oh, com
: steven miller salt there with a straight face and said the reason this happened is they were just trying to be so efficient. >> hilarious. let's not forget, steven miller was fired. he is is gone. now, i underand it obama did not -- obama did not take him out to the middle of times square and flog him like people might want. i think this is a fair point when you apply for tax exempt status does that make you immediately above the law? can we not ask a question as to whether or not your application is, correct? i think that is what they were trying to do. did they do it correctly? no. were they perhapses a bit overzealous? sure. >> about you do we as taxpayers get to have the convenient excuse sorry i didn't know. no, you end up in jail and they take your business and your bank accounts. we don't get that excuse you. why should they? >> i don't think it should be in the purview of the irs. if congress, if the do nothing congress had acted and given us better guidelines as to what constitutes a charitable organization or not we wouldn't be in this. >> oh, come on. >> mike: here is the ques
. steven miller, he didn't come there with the answers, although he did apologize for the actions, saying, quote, the irs made mistakes and made poor service in his apology. but is that enough? do we have to go farther and deeper than just an apology? >> this is too important to simply accept an apology or a couple of resignations. we have to get to the bottom of this. we have to get down to the bottom of the rot that is at the irs and clean this up. the american people have to have trust in their system of government. and the irs is perhaps the most powerful agency in all of our government, especially as it deals with average citizens across this country, the taxpayer. there has to be an element of trust and we have to get to the bottom of this. >> you know, average citizen who had been in violation with the irs, the irs would come after that average citizen, tooth and nail, relentless in their pursuit and causing a lot of disturbance with fines or the threat of going to jail. what kind of measure, of discipline can you take to get to the irs to the table and say, mea culpa, with but we
that treasury secretary jack lew asked for the resignation of the acting irs commissioner. that is steven miller. of course we learned later he was set to step down as acting commissioner within two weeks. >> that's right. melissa: steven miller. there he is. that is who we're talking about. does that make you feel any better, that he's out. >> not at all. no. i think it is concerning that he was aware of some of this information. that he did not share it with ways and means or other members of congress who had been inquiring about this issue. he has been brought up before ways and means and testified on said he was unaware of these issues. now at the time that might have been true but he subsequently learned about these and he did not go back to congress to inform them. to me that is very concerning. now he is gone but the situation is not better. i mean we still don't know what the causes are of this investigation, of these attacks and this narrow focus on a certain set of groups. and we don't know what the remedies are going to be either. melissa: no. the remedies are really important. one of
ourn example of government works. host: outgoing acting irs commissioner steven miller was questioned yesterday in front of the house ways and means committee. representative joseph crowley responded to german camps opening statement -- chairman camp's opening statement. [video clip] >> i would daresay in the prior administration by mr. shulman and mr. emerson that there was targeting of political entities as well. that past and on both sides. the president has been very forthright and -- very forthright in strongly condemning that kind of action. the chairman and my colleagues, let us get the answers. we can draw our own conclusions. host: we are talking about the ira's case. it was the subject of the house ways and means hearing yesterday on capitol hill. another headline from "the wall will read you a puppet of that in eight seconds. gene from detroit, miss it can -- rom detroit, michigan caller: this seems people ignore the fact that the irs latta says -- the irs law says no -- the 501(c)4 should be exclusively for social programs. it was under eisenhower that one of the commissio
surrounding the irs scandal in washington d. c. right now recently ousted irs chief steven miller is getting questioned about what he knew about the irs targeting conservative groups. coming up at 7:15, kyla campbell will have the late fest what's happening inside that meeting and what was said that was so tense. >>> and in the meantime president obama is shifting his focus to job creation. later today he'll go to baltimore maryland to visit a community center that teaches job skills. he will also speak at a manufacturing company and make a stop at an elementary school that provides early childhood education. >>> time now 7:06. a dramatic improvement in test scores in several bay area school districts is raising questions. there were major gains in test scores at the al lumbar rock district in san jose, and school districts in san rafael and santa rosa. some say these improvements bring to mind what happened in atlanta where three dozen educators were charged in a cheating scandal. the experts are saying there's no proof bay area schools cheated but those improvements are raising suspicion.
committee on the irs scandal is getting under way. among those set to testify is steven miller who was ousted as a acting commissioner days ago and the treasury inspector general. we have more from capitol hill, and what we can expect from this important hearing? >> that is right, david. it is an important hearing and our chance to hear from steven miller who was the director of the irs who was dumped by this week. and also we will hear from the inspector general who wrote the report that said that the irs had been politically targeting specific tea party and other groups for specific unnecessary criticism and skepticism about the tax-exempt status. this is what russell george said. the irs used inappropriate criteria that identified for review tea party and other organizations applying for tax exempt at the status based upon their names or policy politicians instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention. this says that they were targeting groups op purpose and not comparing other liberal groups to the same scrutiny. we have not been given anned a vns copy of
on capitol hill friday. when acting irs commissioner steven miller, who tendered his resignation earlier this week, testified. >> we centralized cases based on political activity. >> reporter: he apologized that groups had been targeted for extra scrutiny. the tactic was a foolish mistake, miller said, but not a case of politics. >> why did you mislead congress and the american people on this? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress nor the american people. i answered the questions as they were asked. >> reporter: this after the white house trying to tamp down criticism over the response to the benghazi attack, released 100 pages of e-mails and notes on wednesday. and the president came under fire this week for the justice department's widely criticized seizure of journalist phone records. >> how do you feel about comparisons of your critic's comparisons of this week's scandals to nixon? >> reporter: the scandals could threaten the second-term agenda. >> a relatively limited window to get things done, and this is eating into it. >> reporter: the irs controversy could have the most st
with the irs. they knew heads needed to roll. steven miller seems to be the one who got fired for several reasons. first of all, he's only the acting commissioner now, but he was the number two, and we learned this week he was told about targeting tea party and other groups a year ago. and he never disclosed that to members of congress who were investigating this very thing. >> and he was supposed to testify friday at this hearing at the house, what happens now? >> he's actually still testifying, surprisingly enough. he's still going to go on friday, along with the inspector general of the irs, who testified before the house weighs and means committee. he actually, according to the letter he sent internally today. he's going to stay on it until june. he's technically still an employee there. they're hoping, i can tell you according to republican sources, maybe because he is not long for this world at the irs, maybe he'll be a little more forthcoming. that may be doubtful, considering the attorney general may clear, he and others could be subjected to criminal probes. >> the thing about th
irs commissioner, steven miller, would just yesterday the president announced said he would resigned as he was asked to by treasury secretary jack lew at the urging of president obama. we don't know anything more specific about whether a permanent irs commissioner would be named. senior administration officials acknowledge that will be a tough process. they have to find somebody pretty good to fill this role that we'll be able to get through confirmation on the hill. but they recognized the need for that person to be someone who has bipartisan support, a top cop type of individual, perhaps a republican name that people are familiar with, someone who can put an end to this issue. right now, there's the potential they recognize that it can become a completely republican issue attacking the administration. they feel confidently this is a bipartisan issue and they are trying to make it very clear that they are equally angry with all americans on the topic. >> peter complained the top gap measures of just acting heads and a lot of people were scratching their heads when they learned mille
of the i.r.s. the president had announced the forced resignation of his predecessor steven miller on wednesday evening. in their names, when they sought tax-exempt status. that followed revelations that the agency had zeroed in on groups with tea party or patriot in their names, when they sought tax-exempt status. in congress today, republicans welcomed miller's departure, but they said the investigations must continue. kentucky senator rand paul: >> someone needs to be held responsible. someone needs to be imprisoned. someone needs to be prosecuted. the resignation is a step in the right direction, but we need to find out who wrote this policy, who approved this policy, and they need to be held accountable. >> woodruff: back in the rose garden, the president also was pressed about the justice department's subpoena of phone records from the associated press. the seizures apparently were part of an investigation into leaks about a foiled terrorist plot. mr. obama voiced support for a new media shield law. but he said freedom of the press must be balanced against national security a
commissioner steven miller after seeing an inspector-general's report showing the agency used inappropriate criteria to single out groups with names like tea party, 912 and patriots that were applying for tax-exempt status. president obama has tapped one of his senior budget officers, daniel werfel, as the new acting commissioner of the irs. werfel will step into the top job temporarily as the justice department digs into whether any laws were broken at the irs and three congressional committees press ahead with their own investigations. >> if somebody made a decision to do this, i doubt that it was some low level employees in the cincinnati field office. >> reporter: leaders of several tea party organizations joined republicans on capitol hill demanding those responsible be held accountable. >> we don't ask for special treatment. we only ask for decency and fairness. >> reporter: lawyers for some groups plan to file civil lawsuits against the irs for damages. danielle nottingham, cbs news, the white house. >> steven miller the former acting irs commissioner still scheduled to testify at a
look at the hearing right now. one of the people testifying today is steven miller. he was forced to resign as acting commissioner of the irs earlier this week. he admitted just a few minutes ago that errors were made. but they were not caused bipartisan views. yesterday president obama named miller's replacement. white house budget official daniel werfel is expected to stay on through september. >>> when a 7th grader from reno started choking on lunch, a quick-thinking friend saved his life. the entire thing was caught on tape at that school. check out dj miller standing and eating, then trying to get a drink of water. turns out he was choking. he gets his friend angelo's attention. angelo without hesitation jumps right into action patting him on the back and then starts in with the heimlich maneuver. and he got his good friend drinking and breathing once again. >> i think he could have died or something and just glad i was here. he is one of my best friends. so it's good to still have him here. >> angelo says he never really learned how to do the heimlich. it just says -- he say
are watching developing news on capitol hill where outgoing acting irs commissioner steven miller will testify this hour to the house ways and means committee. this will be his first public comments since the story exploded about the agency singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny. miller resigned his post on wednesday after treasury secretary jack lu asked him to step down but miller doesn't actually leave until next week. good morning from washington. it's friday, may 17th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. today's i profile session, first of what will be a series of hearings over the next several weeks grilling current and former irs officials about whether and why conservative groups who sought tax-exempt status were singled out for special scrutiny by the agency and whether congress was misled about that policy when they had been asking about it for a couple years. also set to testify today the treasury department inspector general russell george who released a report tuesday making it clear senior irs officials had been aware of the policy for over a year. y
provided. >>> is an apology enough? congressional republicans want to know why steven miller did not disclose the targeting after being told of it last year. >> when asked the truth, and you know the truth and you have a legal responsibility to inform others of the truth, but you don't share that truth, what is that called? >> i always answer questions truthfully, mr. camp. >> you knew the targeting was taking place. you knew the terms tea party, patriots were being used. you just acknowledged a minute ago that they were outrageous and then when you were asked about this after you were briefed about this, that was the answer you gave us? how can we not conclude that you misled this committee? >> so that was a lot of questions, sir. >> it's one, how can we conclude that you did not mislead this committee? >> i did not mislead the committee. i stand by my answer then, i stand by my answer now. >>> the pentagon's shame, president obama tells the military to fix the problem of sexual assaults and do it now. >> this is a priority. and we will not stop until we've seen scourge from wha
: steven miller-- the man forced out as acting head of the i.r.s.-- began by acknowledging failures. >> first and foremost, as acting commissioner, i want to apologize on behalf of the internal revenue service for the mistakes that we made and the poor service we provided. the affected organizations and the american public deserve better. partisanship or even the perception of partisanship has no place at the i.r.s. it cannot even appear to be a consideration in determining the tax exemption of an organization. >> reporter: but at the same time, miller asserted i.r.s. staffers did not act out of political motivation when they gave special scrutiny to tea party and other groups on the political right. >> i think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection. the listing described in the report, while intolerable, was a mistake and not an act of partisanship. >> reporter: miller resigned wednesday, at the behest of treasury secretary jack lew. joseph grant, who oversees requests for tax-exempt status, also
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